Do you want to enjoy the benefits of the Cloud, without having to face a staggering bill at the end of the month? Here are five tips to help you keep the Cloud cost-effective and enjoy its benefits.
As the owner of a business, it is important to keep yourself aware of the hidden costs associated with the Cloud and the steps you can take to bring those costs down. Have you felt that the cost you paid for at the beginning, has added up two or three times more than its worth? Here is how you can pay the right price for the services you receive, without have to spend more.
Do not opt for standalones
Cloud services come along in different shapes and sizes, of which you can find standalones that contribute to the increase in cost. When hunting for a service provider, choose one that offers a suite of products that function together. This will be less expensive than a group of standalone products. Ask the service provider to give you a single point of contact who can effectively resolve issues within a fast turnaround time.
Outsourcing experts and research surveys have predicted that cloud computing will be a focal area in 2014. This year will be the year of cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Businesses that have experienced their first cloud success have not stopped, but are rapidly accepting their second and third cloud. On the other hand, companies who have not taken the step towards cloud computing in 2013 are realizing their folly and are making moves towards adopting the cloud in 2014.
In the year of 2012, small and mid-size businesses across the world spent over $45bn on cloud services. This number is expected to exceed $95bn by the year of 2015. The cloud has been able to give small business access to computing applications, services and power that were earlier very expensive or complex to use. The cloud has in fact removed the limits of smaller businesses.
Even with the past success of the cloud, experts feel that companies will continue to have concerns about security. The cloud will also face resistance from traditional IT companies who prefer ownership and control over the cloud. Experts also feel that the public cloud will be more likely to extend its growth over the private cloud as companies will understand that the private cloud will bring in the same in-house challenges. This is particularly true of small and mid-size firms that continue to run old operating systems and work on unsupported versions and platforms.
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